The tournament is the first phase of the Women’s XVs Rugby World Cup for Africa. There is a total of four pools played in different countries co-currently with Uganda hosting Pool B that consists of Kenya and Zambia making the group.
Rugby:Uganda lock horns with Kenya with World Cup at stake
Uganda’s Lady Cranes face the Kenya Lionesses at Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku in the Rugby Women’s Africa last match for pool B.
Kenya goes to the match with a 5 point lead against Uganda’s 4 points and the hosts fully aware that nothing other than a win will see them progress to the next round of qualifiers.
Pool winners will face each other to compete in the Africa Cup semi-finals with a ticket to the World Cup at stake.
Both Uganda and Kenya won their first matches against Zambia, the other opponent in the pool.
A brilliant performance by Charlotte Mudoola and Peace Lekeru dominated the opening match as the Lady Cranes soared to their first win.
The Lady Cranes opened scoring with Angela Nanyonjo’s try. Mudoola added to Uganda’s lead with a conversion and penalty to stretch the lead to 12-0.
In the second half, captain Peace Lekeru combined with Mudoola to press on with Uganda’s dominance in the game. The Zambians comeback fight was futile as Mudoola could not be stopped combining perfectly with Lekeru to ensure Uganda won 36-17.
Now, Ugandans will wary of the Kenya’s hysicality in a do-or-die affair.